Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make Me Your New NFL Commissioner

Based on recent events, Goodell is even closer to being forced out of the National Football League. I beg, I plead, I respectfully urge you all consider me when talking about who the next NFL Commissioner should be.

Here is my list of reasons why I would make the best next Commissioner of the National Football League.


  1. I will personally take an 80% pay-cut as Commissioner. Goodell made $44.2M last year on his salary, bonuses, and other compensation.
  2. I will give that 80% cut to retired players of the National Football League to help ease their transition from the game into the world.
  3. I will personally fight to establish a retirement account for every single NFL player for them to draw from in the later years of their lives, encouraging a better financial handling for each individual player.
  4. I will personally, regularly meet with players and coaches from all 32 teams in the NFL in order to get to know them all and allow them to speak their piece on the workings and worries of the National Football League.
  5. I will re-institute touchdown and sack celebrations, so long as they are respectful and don't impede the flow of the game, in order to return a level of fun to the game for players.
  6. I will personally fight for and will not quit until sideline technology is adopted in the NFL on the goal-line, the sidelines, and the back line of the end-zone.
  7. I will regularly meet with owners, players, and the NFLPA to work out a better punishment system for all rules in the NFL, in order to determine a fair punishment that 'fits the crime' for every rule.
  8. I will personally re-construct the "headshot" policy. While I believe Goodell's regime has done amazing things to protect the head of the football players, I believe it is long overdue to address adjustments made by offensive players.
  9. I will personally appoint a group to work with NFL Referees in order to prevent game-changing calls being made. Players and fans should not see this game tainted by human error on behalf of officials when technology allows us to get it right every single time. Big fouls and turnovers that need to be seen again should not be seen just by the referees' eyes, but should be addressed so players are not harshly penalized and/or fined for a mistake they may not have made.
  10. I will mandate that a referee be appointed to watch the offensive line on every play. Too often we have seen horrible holding calls avoided in this league. The clothesline and neck-lock technique when beat on the edge is a dangerous penalty that can result in severe injury for the defensive player, and there is no place in this game for that. This will be enforced as an unnecessary roughness foul as a 15-yard penalty.
These are the things I will personally look to address in the NFL from the very beginning. In addition to these 10 items, I will also look to meet regularly with specialists in a number of fields, particularly to address variables such as concussions and emotional well-being of players.

If Goodell is forced out, please keep me in mind.

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